World Massage Festival Hall of Fame 2016

Left to right: Marshall Dahneke, CEO, Performance Health; Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Vice President of Massage & Spa; Bob Poirier, Vice President, International Commercial Operations

AKRON, Ohio — August 22, 2016 — Performance Health is pleased to announce that Marshall Dahneke, CEO; Bob Poirier, Vice President, International Commercial Operations; and Guenter Heidenberger, founder of Bon Vital’, were inducted into the World Massage Festival’s Hall of Fame. Established in 2006, the Hall of Fame annually honors individuals who have furthered the profession of massage therapy. This year’s induction celebrated 24 such individuals and took place August 8 at Harrah’s Resort Waterfront Conference Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Click here to see the full list of inductees.

The World Massage Festival was founded by Mike Hinkle, L.M.T., owner of Pensacola Massage Center, in response to the American Massage Therapy Association’s challenge to develop ideas that would help bring attention about massage to the general public during Massage Therapy Awareness Week. After studying the profession, Hinkle noted that “we were not recognizing our own” and education was inconsistent. To address these issues, Hinkle established the festival with the mission to honor those who built bridges for the profession, to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists about different types of massage, and to have fun.

“To recognize our own, I established the Massage Therapy Hall of Fame which has proven to be one of the highlights of our festival,” stated Hinkle. “This year’s class truly reflects the strength and growth of our profession over the past ten years. I was particularly honored to recognize Marshall, Bob and Guenter, all representing Performance Health, one of the most supportive partners in our industry. Lynda Solien-Wolfe, Performance Health’s Vice President of Massage & Spa and 2012 Hall of Fame inductee, was our charming co-master of ceremonies for this year’s program. Thank you, Lynda!”


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Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Performance Health is a global health, wellness and self-care company. The Performance Health brands include Biofreeze®, TheraBand®, Cramer®, Active Ankle®, Bon Vital’®, BVspa™, Perform® and Thera°Pearl®, all of which collectively create a complementary product offering that has helped professionals, patients and consumers relieve pain, accelerate recovery, grow stronger, and enhance quality of life for nearly 100 years.


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The World Massage Festival’s mission is to honor those who built the bridges for the massage profession, to educate the general public about massage, to educate therapists about different types of massage, and to have fun. Please join us for the 2017 World Massage Festival being held on May 7-10 at Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort in Cherokee, North Carolina.